Draft Agreement to Conduct a Regional Assessment of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador

October 12, 2018

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback on the Draft Agreement to Conduct a Regional Assessment (RA) of Offshore Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling East of Newfoundland and Labrador.

As previously stated, CAPP firmly believes that offshore exploration drilling should be excluded from the revised designated projects list. Offshore exploration drilling is a routine activity in the offshore petroleum industry, is short-term (1-4 months in duration) and is subject to specific environmental requirements and mitigations prior to approval by the appropriate Offshore Petroleum Board.

In addition, once approved, the relevant Offshore Petroleum Board continues to monitor the activity for compliance. There is a large and well established knowledge base with respect to environmental impacts related to offshore exploration wells, demonstrating minimal environmental impacts from these activities.

As such, offshore exploration wells should not be treated the same as major projects and should not require the same level of assessment.

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